Your President, and other EOA members, were very pleased to be able to take part in a 24 hour Organathon at St Mary’s Church, Dedham recently, where over £4,500 was raised towards the church’s organ appeal. The church’s Director of Music, Antony Watson, has been working hard with others and with Nicholson’s of Worcester to transplant a large 2 manual and pedal Binns organ (electrified by Willis) from a church in Scotland to Dedham. After a number of recent fundraising events, including the Organathon, the funds raised stand at £215,000 out of the £280,000 target. We send our good wishes to Antony and all those involved in this exciting project, and look forward to an EOA visit to the newly installed organ in 2025!!
The Essex Organists Academy was founded in December 2021 by the Essex Organists’ Association with Philip Prior as President, and Richard Nott as Membership Secretary & Treasurer, both professional organists working in and around Essex who constantly get approached by churches asking for organists. They have set up the Academy to train the next generation of parish church organists across all denominations within Essex and East London. For further details please see our Education page.
Some of you may have been at Katherine Ennis’s Festival Hall recital in February where The Society of Women Organists was launched, or subsequently heard about it at the London Organ Day at Christ Church, Spittlefields at the beginning of March. This is a very worthwhile organisation, (with Anne Marsden Thomas and Ghislaine Reece-Trapp as co-chairs) whose primary aim is to promote recitals by and opportunities for women organists. Membership is open to everyone, including men!! Do have a look at their website for more information as this is a cause which needs everyone’s attention if we are to begin to significantly lower the gender imbalance in our field! https://www.societyofwomenorganists.co.uk/about-us
or find it and like/follow it on Facebook.
The Christopher Kingsley Memorial Fund for Organists was launched at St Nicolas Parish Church, Witham, on 21st January 2017. More details about the fund will be available on our 'Education' page.